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Walking is one of the greenest ways to get around. It’s healthy for us and healthy for the environment, and all it takes is two feet and a sense of direction. And yet, so often in big cities, we’re just so caught up trying to get to the next destination that we forget the collective impact of walking. As any street photographer will tell you, the pitter patter of our movements, especially in a big city like New York or Shanghai, creates a beautiful pattern when you pause to pay attention.
A post on Colossal turned me on the work of Chinese artist Jody Xiong, who’s collaborating with the China Environmental Protection Foundation. Xiong placed large white canvases on 132 crosswalks in 15 cities in China. As each person crossed, they picked up a small amount of green paint on their shoes, which they left as trails on the canvas. These trails, in turn, created a green tree pattern that grew steadily over the course of the installation.
It’s a lovely concept, and though it could work in any major city, the installation carries particular resonance in a country whose citizens are increasingly using cars to get around. According to the video above, the China Environmental Protection Foundation was looking for “an attention grabbing tactic to urge everyone to do their bit for the environment.” It’s certainly gotten my attention, and from what I can glean, it got others talking too.
The University of Virginia researchers wrote that the data “provides compelling evidence that these symbols are associated with hate.”
We are waiting for spectacle and when the quotidian, yet incongruous actions occur I wonder whether there is any real payoff coming.
Hear from Holly Jean Buck, Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas, Simon Denny, Elizabeth Hoover, Renee Kemp-Rotan, Joseph Kunkel, and more at this free public event.
Tanega’s approach to mark-making comes across as stream of consciousness, as if she’s engaged in a conversation with herself.
Starting Monday, readers can borrow one of 50 rare and out-of-print titles, mailed to them completely free of charge, from Saint Heron Library.
EFA Open Studios offers a portal into the creative habitats of over 65 artists working in Manhattan’s longest-running studio program, including Dannielle Tegeder, Wafaa Bilal, Cui Fei, and Anina Major.
This is Yuskavage’s great gift, turning upside down our settled ways of thinking and seeing and, with ease, transforming the vulgar and ridiculous into the sublime.
51 international publishers and galleries showcase their latest editions in prints and artists’ books at this free public fair, which is fully online this year.
While hardly about the pandemic, or any of the other crises so afflicting us, all are invoked in this exhibition, which is also often tender and profoundly soulful.
These glowing, dynamic artworks reproduce something of Bosch’s chaotic energy, but on an immersive, multi-sensory scale.
This week, addressing a transphobic comedy special on Netflix, the story behind KKK hoods, cultural identity fraud, an anti-Semitic take on modern art, and more.